Residents returning home to Block 28B, Dover Crescent, during lunch time yesterday were left helpless when all four lifts serving their 40-storey Housing Board block lost power for close to an hour.
While some residents waited for the lift service to be restored, others climbed the stairs.
Resident Jess Thia, who is in her 40s, told The Straits Times she was returning home from lunch at around 12.30pm when she noticed all the lifts were out of action.
Ms Thia, who is self-employed, said many who were affected by the lift stoppage were elderly residents and housewives.
Two of the block's four lifts serve units from the first floor to the 21st floor, while the other two serve the first and 22nd to 40th storey.
SHOULDN'T HAPPEN AGAIN
This time, I think it is okay because the lifts were back in operation after an hour. But I hope that there are contingency plans to make sure this doesn't happen again.
MS JESS THIA, who had climbed 33 floors to her 38th-floor flat before the lifts restarted.
They may not be able to climb up 20 to 30 floors to get back to their homes.
MRS WONG, on how bad it is for seniors living on high floors when lifts break down.
Ms Thia, who lives on the 38th floor, climbed up 33 floors before the lifts started working again. "It looked easy at the start but, after 10 floors, I had to take a break. After every three to four floors from then on, I would take a break to rest."
Ms Thia, who has lived in the block for six years, has noticed that the two lifts serving the higher floors would break down in turns almost every month.
"This time, I think it is okay because the lifts were back in operation after an hour," she noted.
"But I hope that there are contingency plans to make sure this doesn't happen again."
Another resident, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Wong, said for elderly residents living on higher levels, lift breakdowns are not acceptable. "They may not be able to climb up 20 to 30 floors to get back to their homes," said the housewife.
West Coast Town Council, which manages the lifts in the estate, said the power supply trip happened at 12.26pm. After receiving a resident's call, it immediately activated its lift and electrical term contractors and staff to visit the block.
According to the town council, the supply was restored and the lifts resumed operation at 1.17pm. It noted this is the first time such an incident has taken place and said it is investigating the cause of the trip.
On Sunday evening, residents at Block 302A, Woodlands Street 31, were stranded when all three lifts at the block broke down for four hours.